“The LORD said to him, ‘Peace to you, do not fear; you shall not die.'” (Judges 6:23). This marvelous and oft-repeated promise of the Lord comes in its current form to Gideon. The Lord promised to him protection and victory. Gideon’s response was to follow in obedience to the call of the Lord. Because of God’s faithfulness, “Gideon built an altar there to the LORD and named it The LORD is Peace (Jehovah-Shalom). “ (Judges 6:24).
The word “shalom” means peace, but it is also translated as full, complete, finished, or perfected. Gideon discovered through this encounter with God that God not only gives peace, but He is our peace. People look for peace in all the wrong places–fat retirement accounts, perfect relationships, prestigious jobs, vacation homes and more. All these are just one bad market or one mistake away from dissolving. The only real peace comes from being in the presence of the Lord.
The peace of God is conditional. It requires our being in fellowship with Him. Isaiah 26:3 states, “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.” If you walk with Him, if your mind is fixed on Him, if you trust in Him, then He will be Jehovah-Shalom to you! What an exciting promise from the Lord. The peace of God does more than just calm our souls, it becomes a way of life; a constant position in our walk with Him. The trials of life no longer have a grip on us. We are able to live life to the fullest and approach our trials with the understanding that the outcome not the situation is the thing that matters.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God…”